Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dollar Tree Goodies

With much thanks to Dana for her [Rosi Reports: Playscale Trash Cans] post and a follow up [comment by Ms. Leo], I was able to pick up some cool trash cans at the Dollar Tree! I had first seen cans like these in Carrickters post of last year, titled [Rubbish Bin = Trash Can]. The ones available in Australia are solid black versus the colored ones available here.


In addition to the blue and green versions, the store I went to also had them in Barbie pink. I didn't get those. Before you walk the entire store like I did, I found them near the register in a display stand. Pick wisely because some had broken lids and others were missing their wheels.




Jay is modeling the scale for us and you can see that the cans are a good 1:6 match. When standing straight up, Jay cant touch the top of the closed lid, but neither can I on my real garbage can. The hinge works and the wheels do roll. Even though some of the lids were broken in the store, overall, it's actually a hefty piece of plastic. More durable than I was expecting for a dollar, really. I'm sure if I dropped it on a hardwood floor it would break - but on a carpet, maybe not.



The Dollar Tree also had these pool tables! I know they are not to scale, but who cares, they were a dollar! Use dowels to add higher legs, fashion pool sticks out of bamboo skewers and rack 'em up!


I got these ping pong balls because I think they would make perfect light globes for street lamps or even great interior hanging lights.

All in all, a sweet little haul.

35 comments:

  1. Very Nice! I hope to see these bins when I make my way to my local Dollar Store. Those are gonna look legit outside your apartment set up. :-). Love seeing Jay as a model...he's a hottie.

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    1. Tracy, those bins are too legit to quit, lol. Yes, I'm old. Anyway, yep, I envision a little receptacle area where residents can take their trash and recyclables.

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  2. I just saw these on Pinterest over the weekend! Now must tear through every Dollar Tree in town to find these. I agree with Tracy they will look awesome outside Tasha's place.

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    1. Good luck, Val and I hope you find some. I kind of want to go to other Trees myself and see if they come in any other colors.

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  3. Hello from Spain: I have to also These bins. In my country the small scale bins are used to store pens and office supplies. I really like your purchases. The colors are very real. I have a bin in pink and one in blue. I also like your mini games ... great idea with balls pinpon-This guy I really like. Great outfit. Keep in touch

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    1. Greetings from Florida, Marta! ^__^ My store did have a pink one too but the blue and green are more real life to me, but I guess that somewhere, someone might have a pink one at their house or business. 0.o

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  4. Those trash cans are really cool and look like the real things.

    I love your ability to see the potential in items and to repurpose accordingly.

    dbg

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I'm always trying to find ways to repurpose inexpensive items. More stuff to play with that way.

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  5. Ok, off to the Dollar Tree today! Those trash bins will work perfectly in my 1:12 neighborhood! My life sized outside can comes to my chest and I am tall. Thanks for sharing this, lady! :-)

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    1. Hi, Grandmommy! The bins are gargantuan next to my 1:12 figures. Although they do come to the chest of the 1:12 people, comparably, the bins are very wide so the scale seems off even though a real bin could be that high. But, I mostly have thin girls or thin Asian males in 1:12 scale, so if you have North American figures they could be wider.

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  6. woohoo off to the local dollar tree. Ive been looking for something like this for a long time! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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    1. My pleasure, William, but the thanks really goes to Dana and Ms. Leo. I love it when a doll network comes together and we all get good stuff, lol.

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  7. I found the pool table last year and for the life of me can't find it now, lol. I haven't seen the trash cans but I will keep looking. Good snag on the ping pong balls, I will need to look for them!

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    1. Brini, it had been a long while since I'd been to the Dollar Tree and they had A LOT of new items that I hadn't seen before, so they have some nice new stock to pick through.

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  8. Yay, Muff! Thanks for the link. Glad that you found your bins at a Dollar Store. I love how Jay models the bins for us. Such a cutie ;-)

    Congrats on those lights, too. They will make cool street lights. The pool table is cute, too, but I really like the lights and the bins.

    Yay, Muff. Finder of cool stuff!

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    1. Dana, I would not have found any of that stuff if not for you, so thanks again. ^__^

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  9. This is sweeeeeet! Loving the trash cans, Im really interested in seeing the ping pong ball street lamps that could be something great to look forward to. And might I say my homeboy Jay is looking splendiferous in his splendid frocks!!! lol

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    1. LOL, Jay! You cracked me up with your splendiferous splendid frock comment!

      Making ping pong ball lights has been added to my "list of things to do."

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  10. Hello Muff! The ping pong ball idea is very good! The other accessories are great too, like the pool table (is it more a dollhouse scale?).

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    1. Hi, Nymphaea! Yes, I would say that the surface of the pool table is dollhouse scale, but the height of it is not. You would have to raise it up for a 1:12 doll. If you are using 1:16 dolls the height would be fine, but then the surface would probably look too wide.

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  11. Hola, que excelentes compras, recuerdo seguir tu blog por tu hermosa colonia, con bancas para sentarse, avenidas, hermosos exteriores, en si, por las maravillas que haces con carton.

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    1. Gracias por ser un seguidor, Lindaivette, a pesar de que ha pasado un tiempo desde que he construido las ubicaciones grandes de cartón. Ya es hora de desempolvar mi cartón y construir unos locales nuevos.

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  12. You have to wonder why someone decides to design, manufacture and sell a realistic 1/6 trash can, of all things?? Not that I'm complaining, of course. Wonder if i can find them here?

    Speaking of pool tables, I recently found a roulette table in 1/6 scale (or close)! I'll have to take some pictures as soon as I find something I can use for legs.

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    1. Anderson, there is a huge supply and demand for "novelty" merchandise, even some tailored for garbage persons, garbage trucks, recycle centers, etc. Amazon is a trove of goodies.

      Me too on legs! I'm trying to figure out what to use as a base for my lamps - once I settle on a design.

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  13. Those trashbins are awsome, perfect for dolls.I'm so envy right now :P really great shopping!

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    1. Hey there, Jewel snake and thanks! ^__^

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  14. We have some colours of these bins in Australia too but they don't have the cool rubbish bin/recycle logos on them like yours. Your ability to see alternative uses for things amazes me - ping pong balls for streetlights. wow.

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    1. Carrickters, I'm always keeping an eye out to see if I can turn something into something else. Just part of my Frankenstein nature I guess.

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  15. W:OW, I missed your post again! Thanks for the shout out! They are a good size and are featured well here.

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    1. Hiya Ms. Leo and thanks for giving us a heads up on finding them at the Dollar Tree.

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  16. I love this boy, he´s so cute!! and his outfit is cool too =)

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    1. Thanks, Ana! He is a good looking doll.

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  17. Wow, I need to go look for these. They are perfect.

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